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Special Features
The title of each chapter in The Lemonade War is a
business term or concept, with its defnition just below
(for example, Chapter 1: Slump n. a drop in the
activity or a business or the economy).
Economic concepts are defned throughout the book
as Jessie investigates, researches, and develops her
own ideas.
Each chapter contains examples of Evans and
Jessies attempts to calculate sales, profts, expenses,
etc. Readers may choose to study the math
problems in depth, working them out on their own,
or may choose to read on.
In addition to the math problems and defnitions,
the book contains some wonderful charts, diagrams,
and newspaper clippings, and even a realistic sales
receipt. This lovely touch engages the reader and
feshes out the Treskis story.
Discussion questions
Any of the following questions might be presented as
an essay topic as well.
Have you ever felt competitive with someone you
are close to, like a sibling or a good friend? How
was this embodied? What did you do? How was it
Evan is so angry with his sister he can barely stand
it! Has Jess consciously done anything to harm her
brother? Explain the root of Evans anger.
Jacqueline Davies chose to create Evan and jess as
characters that dont ft the stereotypes of boy sand
girls, in terms of both their academic strengths and
challenges and their social strengths and challenges.
Do you think that these stereotypes (girls ad
intuitive but not good at math, boys as good at
math but not so good at reading peoples feelings)
get in the way at your school?
About the Book
Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. Hes
good at talking with people, even grownups. His
younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-
smart, but not especially good with people. So when
the siblings lemonade stand war begins, there really
is no telling who will winor even if their fght
will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips
for making money at any business, defnitions of
business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math
problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged
novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate
beyond anyones intent.
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grocery store and then set up a store of their own in
the classroom for a day.
Make copies of the math problems in the book
for your students. As you read the book aloud,
highlight the math problems as a part of your
students experience of the book. Can they think
of other ways to fgure out the problems? Are their
methods more or less effcient that Evans and
Jessies methods
Personal conficts like Evan and Jessies are often at
the core of good works of fction. As part of a unit
of study on realistic fction or as a separate project,
have you students design and write a story with a
personal confict at its root. You may want to have
you students write sketches of their main characters
and an outline of the plot (including confict and its
resolutions) as part of their writing processes.
Evan and Jessie win their local Rotary Clubs
annual Labor Day contest by creating a display
that details their entrepreneurial endeavor
with lemonade. Labor day celebrates the many
achievements, both social and economic, of the
American worker. If your class is studying The
Lemonade War close the beginning of the school
year, challenge you students to research and present
a project related to the holiday. They may profle a
particular business in your town; they may research
the history of Labor day itself; they may interview
people in their families about their work histories.
Challenge them to fnd their own unique ways to
connect to the holiday.
Common Core Connections
This guide meets the following Common Core State Standards for
English Language Arts
Discussion Points
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details
Grade 3 RL.3.1-3
Grade 4 RL.4.1-3
Grade 5 RL.5.1-3
Grade 6 RL.6.1-3
Grade 7 RL.7.1-3
Craft and Structure
Grade 3 RL.3.4-6
Grade 4 RL.4.4-6
Even though Jessie and Evan are having a hard
time with each other, they dont want their mom
to know. Can you explain why they are so careful
not to show her they are quarreling? Have you
ever felt like this?
Evan is pretty sure that Scott Spencer stole the
lemonade money he borrowed from Jessie.
Why doesnt Evan confront Scott? Why doesnt
he ask for his money back?
How do Evan and Jess fnally resolve the
confictboth their lemonade war and their
personal war?
Both children have to admit that theyve done
mean things to each other before they can move
on. Have you ever done something out of anger
that you wish you hadnt? How did this play out?
If your class studies The Lemonade War at the end
of the school year, set up a lemonade study in
the classroom. Learning from Evans and Jessies
successes and mistakes, help your students
design and implement their own lemonade
stand(s). You may choose to divide the class
into groups and have each group plan their own
stand, by designing posters, advertisements,
and other business schemes, as Evan and Jessie
did. You may choose to have the entire class
work together on a plan. Children might sell
lemonade during recess, or even set up in the
cafeteria during lunchtime. Decide together as
a class how the money earned will be spent.
Taking a leaf from Jessie Treskis book, children
may want to donate money to a charity of their
choice or to school projects. They may choose to
devote a certain percentage of their projects to a
culminating celebration in schoola pizza party
or lemonade party, for example!
Using the model described above, encourage
children to design and implement a store of
some kind that relates directly to your schools
curriculum. For example, schools doing a
neighborhood study may choose to study a local
Grade 5 RL.5.4-6
Grade 6 RL.6.4-6
Grade 7 RL.7.6
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grade 4 RL.4.7, 9
Grade 5 RL.5.9
Grade 6 RL.6.9
Grade 7 RL.7.9
Range of Reading Level of Text Complexity
Grade 3 RL.3.10
Grade 4 RL.4.10
Grade 5 RL.5.10
Text Types and Purposes
Grade 3 W.3.1-3a
Grade 4 W.4.1-3e
Grade 5 W.5-1-3e
Grade 6 W.6.1-3.e
Grade 7 W.7.1-1c, 2-2d, 3-3e
Production and Distribution of Writing
Grade 3 W.3.4-6
Grade 4 W.4.4-6
Grade 5 W.5.4-6
Grade 6 W.6.4-6
Grade 7 W.7.4-6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Grade 3 W.3.7-8
Grade 4 W.4.7-9b
Grade 5 W.5.7-9b
Grade 6 W.6.7-9
Grade 7 W.7.7-9a
Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
Grade 3 SL.3.1-4
Grade 4 SL.4.1-2
Grade 5 SL.5.1-1d
Grade 6 SL.6.1-2
Grade 7 SL.7.1
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Grade 4 SL.4.4-6
Grade 5 SL.5.4-6
Grade 6 SL.6.4-6
Grade 7 SL.7.4-6
This guide was created by Clifford Wohl, educational consultant
Houghton Miffin Harcourt Books for Young Readers